Two of Australia’s Olympic medal winning rowers are set to compete in Boston next weekend as part of the Head of the Charles Regatta. Olympic gold medallist, Kim Brennan, and Olympic silver medallist, James McRae, will be competing in the Women’s and Men’s Great Eights, respectively.
Brennan is set to race in a Women’s Eight that features some current greats in female sculling including Olympic silver medallist Genevra Stone from the USA, 2014 World Champion Emma Twigg of New Zealand as well is 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Mirka Knapkova.
The reigning Olympic champion in the Women’s Single Scull, will also race in the Women’s Championship Double Sculls at the event alongside Trans-Tasman compatriot Twigg. The Brennan/Twigg double will no doubt be hot favourite to take the title.
McRae’s Great Eight features some well-known names in men’s sculling including Olympic champion in the Men’s Single Sculls, Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand as well as 2016 Olympic silver medallist, from the same event, Damir Martin of Croatia. Other names of note joining McRae include Olaf Tufte from Norway and Angel Fournier from Cuba.
The Great Eights are set to race provisionally on Sunday 23 October at 1.57pm (Men) and 2.15pm (Women) – US Time. If you’re unable to attend in person, check back at the Head Of The Charles website for details on live webcasting.
The race is put together by Hudson and Concept2.
Later in the week, Brennan will head over to Philadelphia to take part in the Gold Cup. The single sculler will be hoping to defend the title she won last year at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.